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For Wildlife Specialist, Summer’s Dog Days are Good Times

For Wildlife Specialist, Summer’s Dog Days are Good Times

| January 17, 2012

Kimberly Leach Burge says Sweet Briar stoked her love for “all things reptiles and amphibians,” but lately she’s developed a fondness for Boykin spaniels, too. The 2000 biology graduate is a wildlife education specialist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The spaniels have become an important asset to her work with a statewide project [...]

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Rays’ Hope: Good Science Defends Maligned Predator

Rays’ Hope: Good Science Defends Maligned Predator

| October 12, 2011

Maryanne Grey ’12 chooses lunch carefully on days that she is working on her senior independent study research. Sorting through the semi-digested contents of cownose ray stomachs and intestines is smelly work. “I try to eat something that if I was to get sick, I wouldn’t mind it coming back up,” she says. Once past [...]

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Internship is a Real Zoo

Internship is a Real Zoo

| June 17, 2011

Biology major Kendall Harris’ interest in veterinary medicine led her all the way to California this summer, where she is working in the Oakland Zoo’s 12-week Zookeeper Intern Program. Harris, a rising junior, is chronicling some of her activities on her blog, A Day at the Zoo. She has been assigned to care for a [...]

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Biologist Pioneers Use of CREATE’s ‘Time Machine’

Biologist Pioneers Use of CREATE’s ‘Time Machine’

| May 3, 2011

Sweet Briar College’s Janet Steven is enjoying the perks of being a Fine Fellow. First, the fellowship came with equipment and training on the GigaPan system, a pioneering tool that has been making headlines in the scientific community. It combines a robotic camera mount and software that stitches together thousands of photographs taken with an [...]

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Sweet Briar Professors’ Biomathematics Paper Stands Out

| February 7, 2011

A paper co-written by biology professor Robin Davies and mathematical sciences professor Raina Robeva has been selected for inclusion in the “Highlights of 2010” issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education. Robeva and Davies wrote the paper, “Mathematical Biology Modules Based on Modern Molecular Biology and Modern Discrete Mathematics,” with co-authors Terrell Hodge, formerly of Sweet Briar [...]

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Intern Dives for Clues in Caribbean Waters

| November 29, 2010

A sure sign that an ocean reef is thriving is the sound of fish eating the coral. “A healthy reef is really loud. It’s deafening under water,” said Lindsay Eneguess ’11.

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Robeva appointed Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Systems Biology

Robeva appointed Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Systems Biology

| January 1, 2010

From staff reports Raina Robeva, professor of mathematical sciences at Sweet Briar College, has been appointed to serve as editor-in-chief of the new journal Frontiers in Systems Biology, a tier 1 journal in the Frontiers journal series. The journal is devoted to the system-level understanding of the biology, behavior and the interplay between biology and [...]

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Biologist urges alternate appreciation of Planet Earth

Biologist urges alternate appreciation of Planet Earth

| November 4, 2009

By turns entertaining and educating, evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson regaled a crowd at Sweet Briar College on Nov. 3. The bestselling author and New York Times online columnist offered a glimpse into a new book she is researching, and urged her listeners to consider the planet with a new appreciation.

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Biologist’s view of planet has evolved since Darwin

| October 27, 2009

Evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson is working on her second book but she won’t be reprising the alter ego she created for her first, the bestselling “Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation.”

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Math Professor Makes Pedagogical Case in Science Magazine

Math Professor Makes Pedagogical Case in Science Magazine

| July 30, 2009

Raina Robeva, professor of mathematics at Sweet Briar College, is the principal author of an article published in the July 31 edition of Science magazine. Robeva co-authored the piece, “Mathematical Biology Education: Beyond Calculus,” with Virginia Tech researcher Reinhard Laubenbacher to prompt educators to rethink the way the growing fields of mathematical and computational biology [...]

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